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While Washington prepares for tomorrow's inauguration ceremonies Americans are looking further ahead and actually they have rather mixed emotions take a look at this.
The Wall Street Journal poll shows he mixed bag -- -- how optimistic Americans are about the president's.
Second term look at those numbers let's bring in our political insiders talk about -- -- a former Republican congressman for New York Doug shown he is a Fox News contributor.
And a former pollster for Bill Clinton our third insider -- -- under the weather today we wish him.
Well all right.
It -- you know people and easterners are more skeptical today -- in four years ago.
Oh absolutely great for years ago there was a universal.
Sense of enthusiasm.
Optimism and hope.
About the election of our first African American president who ran on a theme of being different.
Uniting the country and changing politics in Washington.
Today were more polarized.
Has the poll you put up suggests were more pessimistic.
And people basically have less hope for the future they're more cynical about what's happening and the president himself.
And I know we'll get into this is be more partisan in his approach.
Put up to Rasmussen polls -- for a -- -- because -- really underscores the question all and that is this.
And look at this 63%.
Of GOP voters disapprove.
Of the GOP -- -- now juxtapose.
A Rasmussen poll the democratic voters.
And how they believe Democrats in congress are doing it pretty good marks really -- in the polar opposite here.
-- is the Republican Party in crisis.
Other and total crisis we've we've known that all last year during the campaign -- -- go first go to the president and those numbers you put up.
You rule the way you run for office if you run a campaign on substance and you win.
You've got the mandate to enact that substance the president ran a campaign.
The negativity towards Romney demonizing -- October and the Republicans.
And he had one position that he hammered in every speech we're gonna raise taxes on the rich which he's already done since the election.
Tell me please that the for the next four years.
What is this presidency all about is it like the campaign.
A sign failed campaign campaign about nothing so his second term will be a term about nothing.
Or is he got -- just sort of make up a new agenda.
We've got guns we've got immigration things that we're not but in this captive and -- -- fiscal -- argument by demonizing Republicans by saying they're protecting the rich.
And -- I think that's where we're headed.
Rather then being not red America blue America United States of America this is -- right.
We need fairness and the Republicans are demonizing America I think it's a plan really to try to do what John was describing.
Which is to finish the GOP and with the 24 to go.
The GOP is helping him do it by there own lack of substantive ideas.
And they've got a negative -- you know they've been Mitch McConnell saying polarized -- all I wanna do for the entire first to that term is do everything I can to make Obama a one term president now that may be.
In private a good thing to say.
But for the senate.
Not minority leader to say it all right polarizing everybody wants the fiscal cliff arguments of the present Republicans are now keyed in on the debt ceiling.
And there now a short term agreement for two or three months.
So we can do a grand plan -- If they couldn't do a grand plan a year and a half ago and rocketed to a grand plan now.
That's exactly my point they lost on taxes.
There -- folding on the debt ceiling there are hoping that the timing -- a little bit better to deal with the sequestration.
With the debt ceiling but that's just -- cosmetic issue John is right Greg and I think your premise of your question is exactly right.
This is a party that's lost its way lost its vision lost its approach and the president is trying to take.
Greenberg poles let's put these up here the president's approval rating is at 53%.
And -- note parenthetically by the way that is almost below us.
Of any second term president in six decades I mean Nixon did better that -- however.
Look at the house Republicans and -- war.
They're disapproval rating 73%.
-- well they've they've been perceived as negative as out of touch the positions they.
Stand up for -- not.
Popular in the country writes tax writes it's -- and they and they fit -- -- this.
That they are only in -- and protecting the rights of the rich nothing that they don't have a pro growth.
Agenda create jobs.
Low tax they don't have -- a six intent of respondents in the Republican Party out of touch -- on issues of gay rights and tax issues.
Five intense that the parties -- -- you -- Wall Street -- climate change poor immigration women's issue.
It's right there is a populist.
Center right agenda that a solid majority of the American people buy into.
But bottom line this Republican Party that John served in the house represented it doesn't represent that they've become as John said the party make -- -- The other issue that's been going on this week especially.
In the wake of the new town massacre.
Let's take a look at the Wall Street Washington Post ABC news polls on some -- The things that the president is champion now.
Including a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons but that the sport for that and the negativity well below.
-- and the next one in new federal database track.
Of all gun sales in the country huge support for that and finally a war requiring background checks on anybody buying.
Gun ammunition now -- Dubious as to what they're not any of this is gonna pass congress but the president may do it by executive feet nine can't do that.
Though the -- an executive order only applies to the executive branch this is what people -- and he cannot tell you and me.
We have to Wear -- red tide and he can't tell us that.
He can tell people in the executive branch say after a lot.
He can't demonize the Republicans.
And he's going to say that the Republicans are retarded progress -- two thirds or more of the American people want.
On meaningful gun violence prevention legislation.
Further hurting the Republicans further driving.
His polarization and his agenda but let's face it there a lot of Democrats to in the senate especially who will not go along -- a lot of -- the American people they're incredibly powerful.
Steps we're not getting them.
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